I wrote a post titled “First answer this” and asked the above question. Superblog reader turn2me5 left a comment on the post which I think is worth promoting to a post on the Superblog. Here’s the comment-
Q: Why do people from Bihar have to migrate to Maharashtra?
Ans: Its not just Bihar, but lot many other states like UP, MP, Kashmir, North-Eastern states… These states don’t provide ample opportunities for earning a decent living. I will tell you about myself. I belong to Madhya Pradesh, but am working in Mahrashtra ever since completing education. And I know people from other states also who have come here for earning.
Tell me one thing, how could I be hold responsible for IT companies not getting attracted to my state. Till the time I was at home, I have definitely participated in each and every election. And I want to work in IT and so I need to migrate, may it be Mahrashtra, Karnataka, AP, TN or NCR region.. Now just because IT is generating so much money, there is a hoarding in Pune which has a dollar printed and it says “They keep sending me to Pune”.. And that is the fact of life, cities like Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Surat, Ahmedabad, Chennai, Delhi & NCR are full of opportunities and money. So people from everywhere will want to and try to move to these places. Biharis are just getting targeted because of one move of railway board of not publishing the recruitment examination advertisement in marathi newspaper.
I had a discussion on this topic DBY on lunch table. The localities claim that you go to any south Indian state and no one bothers them for not knowing Hindi even when it is our national language. The hoardings over there are just in their local languages and English. And MNS is trying to bring some such kind of awareness about Maharashtra also. But at the same time they also agreed to the fact that the way of execution was totally wrong and this effort could be carried out in a much more decent manner.
But if you want to know my perspective, I would say the politics in India is in a real bad shape and has moved into a vicious circle. Things won’t improve now, howsoever hard you try out. And now don’t ask me to stand for it and join politics/civil services. I am not a born leader and I am interested in the work I am doing. There have been lot many people with good ideologies who have tried but I haven’t seen any of their efforts worthwhile.
And I guess my answer to first question also more or less answers second question. But mind you its not just “Maharashtraians” who want to head to USA. You must be aware that Gujjus & Punjabis as businessmen and south indians as workers and intellectuals have the highest % as NRIs.. Maharashtrians is a race that has just started participating in this game since near past…